BMW is one of those car brands that likes to push the envelope, sometimes even too much one could argue – let’s not start on the Bangle era as the rant would need a lengthy post of its own. In the case of futuristic hybridized cars, they are pushing things in the right direction, well relatively. For example take the BMW i3, it is very futuristic looking especially on the inside, it is basically an electric car with a motor as a range extender and is a joy to drive. Sadly though it’s looks might not stand the test of time.
Its sporty and sleeker sibling however, the i8 is one for the history books, as it is revolutionizing what we consider what a supercar is, and now in roadster form it has joined the ranks of beautifully sculpted drop tops. Losing the roof might have resulted in the loss of the sleek roof line, but in return the rear end has been redesigned artfully, noting that the roof silently stows away within 15 seconds and while travelling at up to 50 km/h. The front is left as is and it is as smart looking as ever. Stepping inside and you are not let down, the interior matches the exterior in design theme however it might come off a bit too busy.
As for the drive train, the hybrid system output is 374 hp in both the revised Coupe and new Roadster. The former accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while the latter a smidge longer at 4.6 seconds. Though be advised, if you become a proud owner of an i8, expect people to snicker when you tell them about the engine size, which is a 1.5 Liter turbocharged 3 cylinder… don’t say anything and just take them out for a ride, that snicker will turn into a smile.